Notice No. SMSE-003-07  Amendment of RSS-187 and renumbering as RSS-287

Notice is hereby given that Industry Canada is amending Radio Standards Specification 187 (RSS-187), which sets out minimum requirements for the certification of transmitters and receivers in a radiocommunication system to provide emergency situation communication in the bands 121.5 MHz, 243 MHz and 406 MHz.

Notice is also given that RSS-187 is being renumbered as RSS-287. This is being done in accordance with the convention adopted by Industry Canada by which Radio Standards Specifications (RSSs) covering equipment subject to both certification and licensing form the 100 series, those covering equipment subject to certification but exempt from licensing (like this standard) form the 200 series and those covering equipment exempt from both certification and licensing form the 300 series.

This RSS was amended in order to include technical requirements for new devices called Maritime Survivor Locator Devices (MSLDs), which operate in the band 121.5 MHz, and to permit certification of Class 2 Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs). A general reformatting of the document was carried out and contact information was updated. This revised RSS is Radio Standards Specification 287, Issue 1, Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB), Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELT), Personal Locator Beacons (PLB), and Maritime Survivor Locator Devices (MSLD) [RSS-287]

General information

The above document will come into force as of the date of publication of this notice.

This document has been coordinated with industry through the Radio Advisory Board of Canada (RABC).

The Radio Equipment Technical Standards Lists will be amended to reflect the above changes.

Any inquiries regarding this notice should be directed to the Manager, Radio Equipment Standards, 613-990-4699 (telephone), 613-991-3961 (fax), (email).

Interested parties should submit their comments within 90 days of the date of publication of this notice. Shortly after the close of the comment period, all comments received will be posted on Industry Canada’s Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Web site at

Submitting comments

Respondents are requested to provide their comments in electronic format (WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF or ASCII TXT), along with a note specifying the software, version number and operating system used, to the following email address:

Written submissions should be addressed to the Director General, Spectrum Engineering, 300 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C8. All submissions should cite the Canada Gazette, Part I, the publication date, title, and notice reference number (SMSE-003-07).

Obtaining copies

Copies of this notice and of the documents referred to are available electronically on the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications

Official versions of Canada Gazette notices can be viewed on the Canada Gazette Web site. Printed copies of the notices can be ordered by calling the sales counter of Canadian Government Publishing at 613-941-5995 or 1-800-635-7943.